BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV)-- Welcome back to Health Alert tonight, part two of our segment on childhood obesity. Joining us again for the second part of a two-part interview is Dr. Mariana Frias, resident at UHC Family Medicine, to discuss each part of the 5210 Program and what each part means. Dr. Frias, welcome back we are glad you could be here.
1. I want you to break down each part of the 5210 Program for us, so let’s start with what the number “5” means in the 5210 Program?
Cynthia, the number “5” represents eating five or more fruits and vegetables every single day. Fresh fruits and vegetables are best, but frozen, canned, or dried are also good choices. However, you should choose products without added salts, sauce, or sugar and ones that are not packed in syrup. Closely aligned with that is what the “0” stands for in the 5210 Program. It represents drinking zero sugary drinks. Instead, drink more water and low-fat or fat-free milk.
2. Having a sedentary lifestyle can strongly impact a child with obesity… how does this relate to the number “2” in the 5210 Program?
Children should limit their use of TV, computers, video games, smart phones, tablets, and other electronic devices to less than two hours per day. This can be accomplished by keeping TVs and computers out of the bedroom and prohibiting screen time to any child under the age of two. Encourage your family to explore the great outdoors.
3. The number “1” in the 5210 Program also involves preventing sedentary lifestyle, what do you recommend to get children moving rather than sitting?
The number “1” in the 5210 Program explains that a child should have one hour or more of physical activity a day. If you have a busy schedule, like most of us do, you can combine shorter periods of activity throughout the day. On rainy days, you can plan indoor activities and choose activities that are enjoyable for the whole family. Try to incorporate some physical activity. If you are going on a short trip, choose to walk or ride a bike. I would like to add that UHC Family Medicine is doing 5210 Program coaching at our clinic located next to United Hospital Center at 527 Medical Park Drive. You can call 681-342-3600 for more information.
Cynthia: Dr. Frias, thank you for providing us with this a continued informative interview on childhood obesity. To learn more about childhood obesity and the 5210 Program, go to our website at WDTV.com for the web extra bonus question concerning what the percentages look like by age group for child hood obesity. There is more news to come on this broadcast - stay with us.
4. What do the percentage look like by age group for childhood obesity?
The prevalence of obesity was 18.5% nationally in 2014 and affected about 13.7 million children and adolescents. Obesity prevalence was 13.9% among ages 2-to 5-year-olds, 18.4% among ages 6- to 11-year-olds, and 20.6% among ages 12- to 19-year-olds. Childhood obesity is also more common among certain populations.